Corizon contract opponent David Grosso

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At-large Councilmember David Grosso won the fight against awarding the D.C Jail healthcare contract to Corizon, but he isn’t done with the company’s supporters. While the rest of the councilmembers voted in favor of a nomination for Max BrownMuriel Bowser‘s candidate to chair the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, Grosso only voted “present.”

Grosso tells LL that he thinks Brown, who served as legal counsel in the Anthony Williams administration, is qualified in all ways “except for one.” And it’s a big one!

“I just don’t think that he has strong ethical character,” Grosso says.

Brown, no stranger to councilmembers’ ire, lobbied the Council vigorously on Corizon’s behalf before the contract went down 6-5, based on the company’s record for attracting lawsuits. Talking to LL, Brown opted to be diplomatic about Grosso.

‘I’ve worked with integrity throughout my 30 years in D.C.,” Brown says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery